Melbourne Night Noodle Markets

Melbourne’s Night Noodle Markets: Classics, cult favourites & a pinch of crazy

The Night Noodle Markets sweep through Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney for a couple of weeks every year celebrating the diversity of Asian cuisine. Australian cuisine is heavily influenced by Asia, and for many Australians a typical weekend dinner is just as likely to involve dumplings, pho or a chilli-laden salad as it is a parma, fish and chips or Sunday roast. It’s one of my … Continue reading Melbourne’s Night Noodle Markets: Classics, cult favourites & a pinch of crazy

Discovering my inner sports fan at Yankee Stadium: Yankees vs Red Sox

Baseball. Basketball. College football. The atmosphere at America’s favourite sports matches is legendary. I was determined to soak up the excitement at least one of these iconic American sports while in NYC. It was baseball season when we were in town, so we grabbed cheap tickets to see the New York Yankees play the Boston Red Sox at Yankees Stadium in The Bronx. Two iconic … Continue reading Discovering my inner sports fan at Yankee Stadium: Yankees vs Red Sox

Winter Wonderlights at Sovereign Hill

The tiny state of Victoria is made for day trippers. In one day from Melbourne, you could drive part of the Great Ocean Road, sip sparkling wine in the Yarra Valley, hike among the wildflowers in the Dandenongs, hit the beach on the Mornington Peninsula, quaff Pinot Noir in Red Hill, or explore Australia’s gold mining history in the Goldfields. On the weekend, I did … Continue reading Winter Wonderlights at Sovereign Hill

Stumbling across the final leg of the Tour de France, Paris

Our timing couldn’t have been better if we’d tried. One sunny day in Paris, my friend Meredith and I were on our way to the beautiful Musee de l’Orangerie and when we clambered out of the Tuileries metro stop, we found the Rue de Rivoli lined with barricades. Odd, right? We looked further down the street and saw spandex and lycra-clad cyclists prowling around the … Continue reading Stumbling across the final leg of the Tour de France, Paris

Venice: Home of the Masquerade

If you’re going to Venice, you’ll need to leave room in your suitcase and your wallet for a Venetian Carnivale mask (or twelve). You can buy them from street vendors but the most beautiful ones are in shops dotted around Venice. I have never seen so much beauty in one place. These small decorative porcelain masks were hanging on the door of a mask shop … Continue reading Venice: Home of the Masquerade